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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
So I needed a new computer for work, I'm not a flashy guy and I liked the way this computer looked, black and pretty plain with no cheesy looking parts. I actually bought it from the Lenovo outlet store and was a pretty good deal $490 out the door refurbished, 8GB ram 1TB HD and core i5 3230 so it's all good. I received it and it looks new can't tell if its refurbished.
It run very quite and does not get hot, the internet on my unit works flawlessly and never disconnects.
Two things that I don't like about it is the screen is horrible, it has a soft out put and you can never get the contrast right, it just sucks, and the entire computer is a finger print magnet. Aside these two flaws I think its a great budget computer and works pretty fast.
Things people might find irritating there is no light or any other indicator for caps lock or scroll lock, I'm telling you they wanted this thing cheap. All the buttons F1-F12 are in reverse meaning that in order to use them you would have to press Fn button to use them. For example if you wanted to use F1 you would have to press Fn +F1.
Instead those buttons now control the volume, brightness, scroll pad lock, wifi etc Not really that bad but takes getting used to. It would have cost nothing to put two little lights for caps lock and scroll lock.
This would suck if your're using win 8 and at the log in screen you're trying to log in with your 15 character password and the characters are hidden and you don't know if you have caps lock on or off.
It's a sharp looking laptop, not that heavy, runs quiet and pretty fast and cool. Be aware of which G500 you buy they have the same model numbers but different CPU's. This that will take getting used to is there are no LED indicators for CAPS, NUMS or SCROLL lock. A free software called NumsCapsScroll Indicator 8.0 once downloaded will fix that.
The bad part is the screen is not that good no matter what you do it does have this white tinge over the whole screen no matter how much you adjust the contrast, I am never able to get it right. When I us documents I push the screen all the way back for it to look decent and when looking at jpegs or watching videos I pull the screen up all the way to at least a 90 degree angle. But that's just me.
Now bear in mind I use this for school and only paid $422 so for the price its great, if you want a better machine look at other models more $$$.
Also I have had no problems with the Wireless card for the internet it works just great.
Battery is small and only lasts about 2-3 hrs.
Does show a lot of finger prints
CAPS lock light is there, its in the front new the power and HD lights.